Tuesday, October 05, 2010

CBC News - Edmonton - Halt oilsands production: climate "expert"
Northern Alberta's oilsands deposits should not be mined because the effect the resource will have on the world's climate will be irreversible, one of NASA's top scientists told a review panel into an proposed oilsands mine Tuesday.

"We're going to have to prevent the development of the unconventional fossil fuels," James Hansen told reporters during a break in the joint federal and provincial panel hearings into Total E&P Canada Ltd.'s $9-billion Joslyn North Mine Project.

"Otherwise, we will send the planet's climate on a path that is going to cause enormous problems for young people over next several decades and the rest of this century."
"If we develop unconventional fossil fuels we're going to have to figure out a way to suck that CO2 back out of the atmosphere. And the current estimates are that could cost something like $200 to $500 per tonne of carbon," he said.

"Someone's going to have to clean that up and the costs of cleaning it up are more than the money that's made by burning that. So it doesn't really make sense. That's why I say, it looks like gold but it's fool's gold."
CO2 Is Invisible | Real Science
Attention Reuters/BBC

You can’t see CO2. If you could, your car would fill up with opaque vapour from your breath – and you would crash before you made it out of the driveway.
Obama’s War on the West - By Chris Horner - Planet Gore - National Review Online
I just received the following from a Senate aide (emphases in the original), laying out in strong terms what the Obama administration’s radicalism is proving to mean to that part of the country sneered at by the president’s faculty-lounge base: the heartland.
Expert: Texas is getting hotter due to global warming - USATODAY.com
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Triple-digit temperatures will be the norm in Texas within a few decades, and 115-degree heat won't be surprising, according to the state climatologist.

Texas A&M University atmospheric sciences professor John Nielsen-Gammon said recently that models he's analyzed show temperatures rising as much as 1 degree each decade, meaning that by 2060, temperatures around the state would be 5 degrees hotter than now.

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